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E-Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & More: English Dictionaries

Fast access to the Library's high-quality electronic reference sources for quick definition, background information, and more.


This collaboration between Oxford University Press and provides access to a free UK dictionary. It is good for everyday use when you need to look up the meaning of a word.

Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

If you are looking for an English dictionary that provides detailed definitions as well as the history of English words from past to present, you should use the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)Present-day definitions are included, but you’ll also find the history of individual words and how their usage has evolved over time. Definitions are ordered chronologically in the OED according to when they were first recorded in English, so that senses with the earliest evidence of usage appear first and more recent senses appear further down the entry – like a ‘family tree’ for each word.

Merriam-Webster Unabridged American Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Unabridged American Dictionary

If you are using American English, then Merriam-Webster Unabridged should be your dictionary of choice.

Definitions in this dictionary are enhanced with over 123,000 author quotations, and usage examples offer clear guidance and suggestions for words with confused or disputed usage.

Translation Dictionaries

Translation Dictionaries

These dictionaries are designed to provide translations of terms between a pair of different languages.